There is very little doubt that we are currently living in the greatest days of television. The writing is better than it’s ever been and the production value feels more like a movie than a 60-minute television episode.
Despite the incredible amount of quality, we somehow have a massive amount of characters that are beyond annoying. It’s not necessarily the actor’s fault, but somehow they’ve fallen into a role that makes everyone cringe as soon as they appear on screen.
Here are 12 characters that we wouldn’t mind see slowly fade into the darkness, and by slowly, I mean right now. *Potential Spoilers*
Might as well start with the grand marshal of the annoying characters parade: Dana Brody. While the U.S. was threatened with one of the most terrifying terrorist threats in the history of our nation, Dana found a way to whine and moan into a large majority of the screen time with issues and storylines that couldn’t be further from interesting.
It’s incredible how she found a way to make assassination plots about her. And this season it's only gotten worse. Can we please just cut it out with the Dana storylines?
Andy, "The Office"
"The Office" ended this year with Andy Bernard as a shell of the hilarious character we met at the beginning of season 3. He went from the ticking time bomb that punched a hole in the wall when Jim hid his cell phone, to a cardboard cutout used to facilitate celebrity cameos and bumble through a subpar relationship storyline with Erin. We missed your rage, Nard Dog.
The toughest thing about choosing Quinn is that you could fill up this entire list of characters from this staggering series that limped its way to the finish line. Quinn should have been killed off years ago, but instead was given a story based on T-Pain’s "I’m in Love With a Stripper." It went nowhere. One episode he just sat in his car and smoked pot. I’m shocked that we never got an episode where he just did paperwork for the day.
Rafi, "The League"
Before you jump all over me and yell “WHAT? RAFI IS HILARIOUS!”, let me explain. The show started out being all about fantasy football. It was awesome. The longer the show keeps going, the less they focus on football and the more they focus on wacky stories and celebrity cameos.
Rafi’s character is so cartoon-ish and over the top that it completely abandons the football roots of the show and ventures into the absurdity that is every other edgy comedy on television. I miss the days of old "The League."
Andrea, "The Walking Dead"
What exactly wass Andrea trying to do? She decided the worst men (who weren't undead) would be the best to get involved in relationships with, then she insists on constantly giving speeches. No one cares, Andrea. Thankfully we got our wish and SPOILER ALERT, she was killed off at the end of last season. Adios Andrea, please don’t come back as a zombie.
Will Schuester, "Glee"
"Glee" is already a horribly annoying show, but during the first season their teacher had an extensive and interesting storyline. Now he almost blends into the wallpaper and could be replaced by a doll with a pull string that blurts out motivational, generic phrases.
He’s almost made the transformation from television character to greeting card. Give it another season or two and you won’t be able to tell the difference between the two.
Fin, "Law & Order: SVU"
There is no bigger fan of SVU than me, but good lord Ice-T is bad. His lines are delivered like someone is reading them into his ear through a static filled earpiece and his facial expressions have all the range of a coma patient.
Somehow he’s lasted thirteen years on the show in over 300 episodes. John Mulaney has a fantastic bit about Ice-T's character (see below) that any fan of the show will appreciate.
The Entire Cast, "The Big Bang Theory"
That’s right, the entire cast. I had always heard the show was terrible but one day I figured it couldn’t possibly be as bad as everyone lets on, so I watched one for myself. I would rather watch a snuff film than one more minute of this abomination.
The fact that this is the #1 comedy on television speaks volumes about us as a society. The characters are bland and uninteresting with dialogue that is completely cringe-worthy. I would recommend going to your Facebook and checking which of your friends ‘Likes’ it, then cutting them out of your life forever.
C-Lo Green, "The Voice"
Since he’s basically a walking cartoon on the show, he qualifies as a television "character". We get it, you shop at a hardware store for your outfits and you use animals as accessories.
He constantly jokes about being a sex symbol on the show, which haunts me nightly. The idea of his Teddy Graham-shaped body plopping up and down on an unfortunate woman is horrific. Please bring back Usher, or even Shakira.
Ted, "How I Met Your Mother"
I know the show is all about him, but it’s gotten to the point where I dread seeing him on screen. His character has become whiny and goofy to the point of almost being a grown up version of Screech Powers.
Thank god he finally met his future wife. Maybe this will give him some sort of purpose and he’ll stop being a prop used to advance the storylines of everyone else in the show.
Chumlee, "Pawn Stars"
Can we just stop with Chumlee? The entire cast has the acting abilities of a mop bucket and, even with the grandpa who I’m 90% sure they have to smear peanut butter on his mouth to get him to talk, Chumlee is the worst.
I almost feel bad making fun of him because, while no scientific evidence has been produced, in all likelihood he’s not the owner of a completely functioning brain. There’s no way he would work at a legitimate pawn shop. Actually, there’s no way he could spell legitimate pawn shop.
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Nikki & Paulo, "Lost"
I know the show ended a few years ago and this is a list of recent TV characters, but you can’t make a list of the worst without including this duo. The con artist tandem of Nikki and Paulo were so despised because, in the middle of learning all of these mysteries of the island, we suddenly get an episode about this random couple that stole some diamonds?
Fans reacted with such venom that, to this day, if you speak their names to "Lost" fans, they have the legal right to punch you in the stomach. Look it up, that’s an actual law.